Southern California Program

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills

Monrovia, CA
December 2014

A three-year grant will provide start-up funding for a new Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills (BGCF).  The Center will target at-risk youth ages 12 to 19 in need of a safe environment, supportive relationships and opportunities to develop their talents and learn new skills.  Currently, BGCF serves 300 youth daily and over 1,000 each year and has a wait list of more than 100.  Program growth has been hampered by a lack of space.  In 2014, the use of a 10,000-square-foot city youth facility located in the same park as its main site in Monrovia was made available to BGCF, providing a cost-effective solution to expand.  Programming is focused on achieving outcomes in three areas: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.  A strong emphasis is placed on high school graduation and higher education.  The new facility will be dedicated solely to teens, with a goal of enrolling 100 youth in the first program year, and increasing membership by 25% per year until the average daily attendance reaches 200 teens.  Vacated space in the main site will enable BGCF to serve the younger youth on its waiting list.  By 2017, BGCF anticipates serving a total of 500 youth daily and 2,000 annually.

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